Sammy Pate, Greenfield’s Louisiana-area project manager, said ESS Support Services signed a contract on Thursday to act as the facility’s food service provider. Another company, Malthus, is under consideration to provide the housing structure. A housing provider will be chosen in mid-March, he said.
Plans are being finalized to secure agreements with Coastal Crew Change, a local company that would provide transportation for those staying at the housing facility. Pate said they have also obtained commitments from three companies to provide beds for the facility.
Mike Dees, the port’s legal counsel, said the board “is interested in being sure that the project is moving forward.” The housing facility, which broke ground in November, is located on 200 acres of port property.
“Greenfield Solutions needs to know that they have so many bids committed to before they actually start building,” he said. “All of these projects need a certain amount of engineering and permitting before the senior management of the companies will turn the money loose to start construction.”
Pate said the facility could house 1,000 occupants by the first quarter of 2015. The more than $47 billion in investments in Southwest Louisiana could produce 15,000-plus construction jobs over the next five years.
Port Director Bill Rase said in November that the port will earn $360,000 annually, according to the lease agreement. At full capacity, the facility could generate $1.46 million per year for the port.
The building of Pelican Lodge could bring in 400 jobs.